JOHANNESBURG – Mpumalanga police say they’re searching for the man who fatally shot actress Thandeka Mdeliswa in what has been described as an act of gender-based violence.
Mdeliswa best known for her lead role in the SABC 1 popular drama series, Ikani was shot in what her family describes as an act of gender-based violence.
The police’s Leonard Hlathi said she was gunned down earlier this week and died at The Steve Biko Hospital on Saturday.
“We are out and about looking for the man responsible. We are requesting information from the public to assist us. Those who have information regarding this act should approach the police so we are able to put the person responsible behind bars.”
News of the actress death has caused further outrage on social media over the senseless killing of women at the hands of men.
According to police information, the victim heard a commotion between her brother and two men.
“She then went out to investigate the problem whereupon getting closer one of the men fatally shot her.
“The two men fled the scene and police as well as medical personnel were immediately summoned, police managed to trace the suspects however, the shooter ran away hence the manhunt,” Hlathi said.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma indicated that it is despicable to learn that men continue to inflict pain on women daily. “We cannot allow such unexplainable actions to go unpunished hence we are making a clarion call to the public to assist in locating the killer. He has robbed the family and the country of a young life and talent respectively,” said General Zuma.
Police called on anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect to call Captain Patrick Malepe at 0820651299.
In a statement on Sunday the family said: “It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing on of our dearest daughter.
“She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga on Thursday 3 September 2020. She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilized then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the 5th of September 2020 (Saturday).”
The family described the 27-year-old as “a young, talented and inspirational actress which her family and community were looking to see flourish”.
“The brutality which was inflicted on our daughter has left us deeply hurt. This is another incident of violence against women (Gender-Based Violence) which our country has to fight against. We believe that justice will be served,” the statement said.
The family requested privacy and a chance to grieve but said that funeral arrangements would be announced in due course.